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Chief Evangelous leaving Wilmington?

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous was in Savannah, Ga., Wednesday interviewing for the job of top cop there. Evangelous is one of three contenders for the position. He told reporters in Savannah being an outsider was beneficial.

“What I’ve found is coming in with a fresh set of eyes, with no agendas, with you know, no baggage, that a lot of times it’s just easier to really get things done and meet with people and understand where there concerns are from,” said Chief Evangelous.

His interview consisted of meetings with different panels of community and city leaders. The chief, who makes $151,000 a year, would be making a maximum of $145,000 in Savannah.

The chief would not say whether he’d be willing to work for less.

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said the city is not looking for Evangelous to leave.

“When the chief called me and told me he was a finalist, I congratulated him,” said Saffo, adding they have been very satisfied with the chief’s performance. “If, for one reason or another, he does not get the job, I would want him to continue on as our chief.”

Saffo adds though, they are also not making an effort to encourage the chief to stay.

Evangelous faced tough questions in Savannah. That city has seen protests recently after an armed black man was killed by a white police officer.

“In policing after Ferguson,” said Evangelous, “We have to get out in the community. We have to get out in front of these things. We have to be as transparent as possible and we have to push information out.”

If Evangelous is selected, finding a new chief will be a new process for the Wilmington City Council.

Only two members, Saffo and Padgett, were on council when he was hired 10 years ago.

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UPDATED: Former police chief in court on drug charges

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

The trial of Marty Lewis, accused of trafficking drugs as Fair Bluff's Police Chief, is underway in Columbus County Superior Court.

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Fort Bragg soldier pleads to stealing fuel

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) – A Fort Bragg soldier will be sentenced in December after pleading guilty to stealing more than a million gallons of fuel from an American base in Afghanistan.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that 32-year-old Sgt. Christopher Ciampa of Lillington pleaded guilty Tuesday to bribery and conspiracy to defraud the government.

The U.S. attorney’s office said Ciampa conspired with at least four others to have the fuel from Camp Brown at Kandahar Airfield sold on the black market.

Authorities say the thefts occurred between February 2011 and January 2012 and involved 114 large-fuel tanker trucks, which can each carry about 10,000 gallons of fuel.

They say the fraud cost the government more than $10 million.

Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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One month later, stigma of corner store still draws concerns

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

One month after losing its liquor license, the Chestnut Food Market is still open, but no longer selling alcohol. However, some residents feel like more action should be taken to clean up the area.

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: A stitch above the rest

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

***SEE GINNI’S EXTRAORDINARY VIDEO TONIGHT ON WWAY AT 11***

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Stop me if you’ve heard this one: A sewing machine walks into a bar and the bartender asks, “Hey, aren’t you that famous singer?” This week’s Extraordinary Person of the Week uses her sewing skills to help those in need. She’s a ‘Stitch above the rest!’

“I started sewing by myself in the 7th or 8th grade,” Ginni Creamer told Daniel Seamans as her sewing machine hummed.
“Whenever there is a need, we try to address it,” she added.

Ginni Creamer loooooves to sew. “One of the things we do at a meeting is show and tell and people bring in stuff, like, the first time I saw this(holding up a handmade basket) I was like I can’t do that, oh yes you can,” Ginni said.
She used to drive to Raleigh, the closest location of the American Sewing Guild, for those meetings with fellow members.
But eventually, all that driving simply didn’t measure up. So she led the mission to open the Cape Fear Region chapter of the American Sewing Guild. In January of 2013, her mission was complete.

“The members of our group are so diverse,” Ginni explained. “We have some people that are amazing at hand sewing, or embroidery, or quilting. They are all over the place.”

And their *hobby* can be found all over the place, too.

“We do a ton of charity work,” Ginni said. “We put a baby blanket in every police car in Wilmington. There are 200. We also did all the window treatments for the domestic violence shelter. We constantly do work for the Tileston Center, blankets, clothes, for the Kelly House, baby clothes and quilts.”
Some of their handmade crafts even go to military organizations which in turn make their way to our men and women overseas.

Ginni, you’re a “stitch above the rest”…..and that’s Extraordinary!

In the first 18 months of the Cape Fear chapter, the non-profit has doubled the size of membership.
Log on to their website if you’d like to learn more or join their mission! http://www.asgcapefear.org/index.html

If you know an extraordinary person, let me know! Email me at dseamans@wwaytv3.com
-Daniel

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